Every Child Deserves a Family Bill Reintroduced: Prohibits Discrimination against LGBT Families in Adoption and Foster Care

Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) announced today the reintroduction of the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act.” The act would prohibit any organization that receives federal funding from discriminating against LGBT families in screening or placement of adoptive or foster children.

According to the Family Equality Council, “One in four children in this country is being raised by a single parent. Two million children are being raised in LGBT households. We all recognize there is no single type of family in America anymore. We must not allow anyone to place politics ahead of the best interests of children and exclude millions of potential parents because of who they are or whom they love.” (See: http://www.familyequality.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ECDF)

There is significant research that shows children raised in LGBT families have the same or better outcomes than children raised by heterosexual parents. As a result, large numbers of organizations have policy statements that support LGBT adoption and foster care including, The American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Psychiatric Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and many others. For a complete list of these organizations and ones that support the Every Child Deserves a Family Bill see the list on the web site of PFLAG: http://community.pflag.org/page.aspx?pid=1411

The Independent Adoption Center is one of the child welfare agencies listed on this page supporting the bill. IAC has never had any discriminatory policies regarding adoptive parents including, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, race, or ethnic background.

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  • I totally agree with you that each child is special and should be gifted with the best.. But being single some moms and dads not able to give best to there child.. Such services are great help to them and this better there life in all aspects..
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  •  Every child deserves to have a family and to have better life. Adoption is good for a family and in fact a great benefit purpose for the recieving country.Adoption is good for a family and in fact a great benefit purpose for the recieving country.

  • I agree that every child deserves to have a family that will love him/her no matter what type of family that is. Normal or single or  LGBT family, if this is the type of family that showed the child love and care, then be it. It shouldn’t be discriminated!

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